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How to reduce shoulder soreness during and after squats

When I do squats, I find that my shoulders are often very sore (from the weight of the bar) afterward, and sometimes shoulder soreness becomes as much a limiting factor during exercise as the ...
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For how long can I stop doing cardio training before losing my endurance?

I've heard that being ill for a few weeks or so is enough for your endurance to drop drastically. Is this really true?
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Are video games like Wii Fit Plus actually any good for losing weight?

Does anyone have an sources on this? I love the idea of playing video games to lose weight, just not sure how effective it is. At the end of my exercises it tells me your burned x calories, but not ...
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Where to go after “mastering” 90 second planks?

I've been using planks to increase my trunk strength, and am getting OK at holding the plank for 1 1/2 minutes. Will I get more benefit by starting to increase that time, or adding a different ...
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Is there a rule of thumb for setting running goals?

I'm pretty new to running and can only run for 2-3 minutes at a time. Is there any rule of thumb I should know of for setting goals? For example, each week run two minutes more or something like that? ...
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How can I calculate calories burned during an activity?

I've found various online "calculators" for looking up how many calories are burned when doing an exercise like using an Elliptical machine. Is there a way to calculate how many calories I burned ...
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Can you do circuit training every day?

Is circuit training most beneficial if you do it everyday? Should you take days off or alternate with something else to get better results?
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Regaining endurance after an illness

In late 2007, I fell really sick. As a result, I spent the next two years or so being unable to eat enough proteins to meet my daily needs and didn't do any physical exercise. When I recovered, I ...
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How do you motivate yourself to keep exercising?

I'm always trying to find different ways to exercise (currently playing lots of Wii - that counts, right?) but I find the problem of after a few weeks to a month I lose motivation, get distracted and ...
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Is there any benefit of “real” running outdoors vs running on a treadmill in gym?

I'm a lazy person, so running while staying in the same place appeals to me. Are there any benefits to running outside worth considering, besides aesthetics and feeling the wind in your hair?
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Back to the gym: should I bulk or cut first?

I used to lift weights at the gym some years ago and my intention is to get back in shape this month. I'm still in reasonable shape, around 18-20% body fat. I'd like to maximize my gains/losses as ...
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Is there any way or need to empty your bowels before excercise?

I try to not take large meals for at least 12 hours before starting, yet abdominal exercises still can make me feel unwell and go to bathroom. Is it normal? Or should I reconsider my diet? Does ...
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Effect of protein intake on muscle recovery

"Protein shakes" and other high-protein dietary strategies are believed by some to improve muscle recovery times after workouts. However, there is some opinion to the contrary: that protein intake ...
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Is there a best time of the day to exercise?

For weight loss results is there a time of day that is most beneficial to exercise?
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What can I use to monitor my running workout?

After a period of inactivity I recently started running again and want know what gadgets or tools I use to monitor my workout. Some requirements: It should offer workout programs (based on my level ...
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Lungs on Fire When Running

I've been overweight most of my life and recently I've been slimming down (lost > 50 lbs so far, shooting for 35-40 more) and I'm wanting to start running. I have no problems walking for miles and ...
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Exercises for a programmer sitting by the PC all day [closed]

What exercises are recommended for people, who sit in front of the PC working for long hours?
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What kind of home exercises are helpful when one trains martial arts?

I have recently started training martial arts (mostly striking, some wrestling). I have trainings twice a week (monday/wednesday). Trainings are pretty demanding, even after 3 months. I don't train ...
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Breakfast before or after jogging?

Provided that I'm not hungry, should I eat breakfast before or after a 30-minutes morning jog? Update: There are many answers detailing opinions -- thanks! If someone could supply evidence supporting ...
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What's the difference between Whey Isolate and Whey Concentrate in shakes?

What's the difference? I'm looking at shake options and some contain whey isolate, some contain whey concentrate and some both.

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